Michigan has workers’ comp rules that other states’ employers would be familiar with. The same goes in the state of the Wolverines when it comes to reporting injuries as we’ve seen in other states. There is, for instance, the regulation for employees who have been hurt that states that they must file a report even if they don’t plan to get medical treatment for any injury, or even if they don’t plan to miss any work because of it.
Employees in Michigan, however, will need to request a leave of absence from their employers if they plan to miss more than seven days because of a work related injury. It’s at that point, too, that they become eligible for workers’ comp benefits for missed wages due to disability caused by the work site accident.
Now, that may seem like a lot that you have to hope that your employees can remember. Actually, it’s a lot for you to remember to make sure that your employees remember. Follow me?
The trick could be the workers’ comp poster, which lists all of the important information that Michigan employees could ever want or need to know about they have in terms of rights for workers’ comp, and what they should do in case they have an accident at work, god forbid, and need medical help. For instance, they should know that in Michigan they can’t go to any old doctor for their medical care. It has to be one approved by your workers’ comp system.
The workers’ comp information sheets, specially designed for your human resource department, can also be used as a handout to teach old and new employees alike about how workers’ comp works specifically in your company, and in the state of Michigan in general.